Frederick Martin MacMurray was one of my favorites growing up as a boy. Interestingly he is from Illinois. MacMurray was an American actor and singer who appeared in more than 100 films and a successful television series during a career that spanned nearly a half-century, from 1930 to the 1970s.
“Living in The Land Of Cotton” exist to assist anyone who seeks to honestly learn the facts about the “War Between the States.” Yes, some may call it the “Civil War” or “The Great Rebellion,” but it is maintained on this web site that it was Lincoln’s War on the South because he knew that without the physical resources of the South, the North would go bankrupt. It was not a Civil War nor a rebellion. The South had no desire or did they make any attempt to overthrow the United States Government.
For the last one hundred and fifty years plus we have been taught that Lincoln’s War was to free all slaves and yet when the conflict began Lincoln is quoted as saying, “My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not, either to save or destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it: and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it.”
[Merwin Roe, Speeches and Letters of Abraham Lincoln, 1832-1865 (London: J. M. Dent & Sons, 1917), 194-195.]
The reason for secession: “The Southerners honestly believed in the right of secession, not merely as a revolutionary, but as a constitutional right. They not only held that whenever any people finds the government under which it is living oppressive and subversive of the ends for which it was instituted, it is both the right and the duty of that people to throw off the government and establish a new one in its stead; but they believed also that every State in the Union held the reserved right, under the constitution, to withdraw peaceably from the Union at pleasure.”
[George Cary Eggleston, A Rebel's Recollections (New York: Hurd & Houghton, 1875), 2-3.]
The desire from “Living in the Land of Cotton” is to give the fuller story of the South with clarity on its culture, with an emphasis on the Christian culture in the lives of many politicians, military personnel, citizens and the Great Revival that God brought to the Southern Army in Lincoln's ugly war.
My hope is that this site will be helpful to the reader and researcher.
Richard Lee Montgomery
by George Frederick Root
A. L. Long, Memoirs of Robert E. Lee: His Military and Personal History (J. M. Stoddart & Company, 1887), 484-485.